Hey. I now have three bikes (one MTB, one road, and my wifes hybrid), as well as 1 child's bike. We are planning to take the bikes on several trips over the next few months with distances ranging from 300 to 1000 miles and I need some help on racks.
The vehicle - Chrysler Town & Country minivan with no hitch but roof racks and cross bar.
Options I am considering:
1. Buying a hitch and a Yakima 4 bike ROC rack - total cost around $550.
2. Buying a roof rack to hold the bikes (assuming it will work with the existing racks/x bars) - cost $300
3. Buying a Saris bones 3 bike trunk rack - cost $100.
In any case, the kids bikes will most likely go in the back of the van.
Which is better?
Is using a roof system reasonable with a van?
Any other considerations?